He’s turning one!

Seven years ago we put down one of our beloved cats and within six months we had to put down one other cat.  It was so devastating to loose two amazing pets who had become part of our family.  At the time we had our first son, who was still an infant, which was a blessing since the loss of our first babies was so depressing.

Last July my husband, two son’s and I decided it was time to add a pet to our household.  For us, we knew it would be a Maine Coon cat, so the search started for a little girl kitten.

After searching local shelters, ads, and on line sites, we didn’t find the right Maine Coon cat for us.  One day while driving my son to summer camp I saw a sign on the road that said, “free kittens”.  I followed up that day and met not only one, but two adorable Maine Coon kittens and knew we had to pick up the girl, which I had my heart set on getting since I am the only female in the house!  The next day we went to pick up our kitten and the owners told us shocking information, that one kitten ran into the road and got hit and the other ran into the woods.  We couldn’t believe it.  Another loss with so many mixed emotions and we were feeling like we’d never find our new pet.

I decided to look on Craigslist and found a listing for this Maine Coon/Lynx face:

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We were so in love with the picture but didn’t want to get our hopes up since we lost the other kitten.  When we showed up to meet this kitten, he was so tiny and yes, a boy, but that isn’t what really set me off about him, it was that he was half Maine coon and half Lynx so he had a stubby half tail.  He wasn’t perfect, but he was just right for us.  The minute we saw him, we all fell in love, fleas and all.

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The boys named him ACE!  Which is the coolest cat name, but would he hold up to his name?

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Ace on our ride home!

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My three boys!

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Prince Ace fits right into our household!

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Growing right out of that Bumbo Ace

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Ace has to be with us at all times, which is similar to our other Maine Coon cats.

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As you can see Ace puts up with us and has added so much quality to our lives we’re not sure why it took us so long to get a cat, but I know deep down we were waiting for him, not just any cat.  Yes, we will be celebrating his birthday on June 17 with cake and ice cream and my youngest son said that he can invite all the other cats from the family.  Happy Birthday Ace!

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